North as well as also South Korea held further talks on Monday on the North’s plan to attend the Winter Olympics Games.
Last week North Korea agreed to send a delegation to the Games inside South, easing months of tensions between the neighbours.
Monday’s latest talks were focusing on the artistic troupe the North might like to send to South Korea.
Details of the diplomatically complicated plan are still being ironed out.
The two sides will conduct a separate meeting on Wednesday to discuss different parts of the North’s delegation to the games.
They met inside shared border village of Panmunjom inside demilitarised zone (DMZ), also known as the truce village.
The two sides were supposed to discuss details including the number of performers, their travel route as well as also their schedules, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
Four delegates through each side were scheduled to attend, with the North’s delegation including Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the well-liked all-female pop group, the Moranbong Band.
Moranbong: Pyongyang’s propaganda girl band
- Formed in 2012, all band members are reportedly hand-picked by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un himself.
- Their music is usually a synthesiser-heavy mix of Western classics as well as also Pyongyang propaganda songs including “We Call Him Father” – an ode to Mr Kim.
- The changing line-up consists of singers as well as also multi-instrumentalists, playing anything through electric guitars to synthesiser, violin as well as also saxophone.
- In 2015, the band was wrongly rumoured to have been purged, even executed, when the members vanished through public view for several weeks.
Monday’s meeting was for working-level talks – with lower-ranking officials – rather than the breakthrough high-level talks of last week.
At last week’s high-level inter-Korean talks, the first in more than two years, Pyongyang said the idea wanted to send athletes, cheerleaders, an art troupe as well as also a taekwondo team to the Winter Olympics taking place through 9-25 February in Pyeongchang.
Next Saturday, both sides will also meet at the International Olympics Committee in Switzerland, to discuss the details of North Korea’s involvement.
Only two North Korean athletes currently qualify for the Games – figure skaters Ryom Tae-ok as well as also Kim Ju-sik.
North Korea has participated in several Olympic Games before, nevertheless never in South Korea. the idea boycotted the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
South Korea has proposed of which athletes through both the North as well as also South march jointly together inside opening ceremony. North Korea is usually said to be “positively” considering This particular.
The South has also suggested a unified Korean team for the women’s hockey tournament.
Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said the North was “supposed to respond to the proposal soon”.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high for months amid North Korea’s continued nuclear programme as well as also frequent ballistic missile tests.
The latest test, on 28 November, sparked a brand-new series of measures through the UN, targeting petrol shipments as well as also travel for North Koreans.
US President Donald Trump as well as also North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have also conducted an increasingly bitter feud, with the US leader dubbing Mr Kim “Rocket Man” as well as also both boasting about their nuclear capabilities.
Last week, Pyongyang criticised South Korean leader Moon Jae-in after he said Mr Trump deserved “big credit” for the North-South talks.
the idea indirectly threatened to pull out of the Olympics, with state media outlet KCNA saying: “[South Korea] should know of which train as well as also bus carrying our delegation to the Olympics are still in Pyongyang.”
“The South Korean authorities had better ponder over what unfavourable results may be entailed by their impolite behaviour.”